Apple has tested a patch to resolve Wi-Fi connectivity issues with some M1/M2 Macs

Some MacBooks users with M1/M2 chips reported Wi-Fi network connection problems. The main manifestation is that the Internet connection is slow, causing video calls to freeze and other problems. Some users even reported Wi-Fi interruptions.

Meter, a company that installs and manages Wi-Fi for businesses, detailed the issue on M1/M2 Mac devices in a recent blog post. In the blog post, the company said that Apple has received user feedback, and some Wi-Fi suppliers have also reported to Apple.

Meter wrote in the blog post,

Although there are many problems in the consumer view, they are essentially caused by the decrease in throughput and speed, and the devices will randomly disconnect and fail to rejoin the network.

For example, UCLA IT Services has been tracking these issues through its service status dashboard . IT Home learned that the university's IT team said that the upcoming release of macOS 13.1, which may be released sometime this week, is expected to include fixes for these issues. UC appears to have worked closely with Apple engineers to test and eventually resolve the issue.

Apple has promoted the latest macOS beta to a release candidate addressing a peer-to-peer issue affecting Wi-Fi connections on Apple MacBook M1 / ​​M2 devices and Apple mobile devices. All tests on the beta and release candidates have been positive, and neither IT Services, Apple, nor other campus entities have been able to reproduce the issue. Once we are notified that macOS 13.1 is officially released, we will deploy it immediately.

As a temporary solution to improve WiFi connectivity, Apple recommends that users turn off the AWDL interface (this will disable AirDrop/AirPlay). The user can close by using the Terminal application and running a script or through the user interface. Some users reported that disabling it improves WiFi performance.

It's unclear exactly how widespread these problems are. Most reports appear to be from users connected to Wi-Fi networks managed by corporate or educational teams. Typically, these types of Wi-Fi networks have different security and administrative controls, which can sometimes cause unique issues that don't affect other users.

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